Tastings The Bottle price guide: £11-25 (US$17-40) £26-70 (US$40-110) £71-120 (US$110-190) £121-180 (US$190-280) £181 plus (US$280 plus) = == === ==== ===== LOCH LOMOND LITTLEMILL INCHMOAN 12 YEARS OLD 40 YEARS OLD Loch Lomond Distillery Loch Lomond Group Rob Rob 46% 46.8% Independent Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: A mixed bag that hits you all at once. Chocolate oranges, a little coconut-laced sea salt, liquorice root. Fruity with tinned mandarin pieces, honey on toasted white sourdough. Gentle and delicate smoke to it. Sweetness, then that peat starts to hit. Orange pith sweetness and heather honey. Short and drying with plenty of smoke. Felt like there was a disconnect with the nose and palate, but it all came together in the end. Nose: Waxed cotton, honeysuckle floral note. Chocolate granola and honey, a touch of linseed oil, black pepper. Fresh brown bread and butter. Some sandalwood spices here and banoffee pie. Tropical fruit salad, mango, griddled pineapple and maraschino cherries. Big sherrysoaked raisin. Palma ham, melon, cinnamon. Fruit Pastels and Violet Lip sweets. Very punchy – think Lowlanders are light and gentle? Think again. Highlands Lowland ===== ===== Worldwide Worldwide Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: Comments: 8.6 8.9 Sam Lyndsey Nose: There’s peat, old wellington boots, wet earth and then a bonfire. Leads into some vanilla, coconut, sugar syrup and a faint waft of mint. Opens through oak, bitter coffee, citrus zests and malt. Then sweetness arrives and freshens it. Apple and blackcurrant pies, with a faintly charred, smoky pastry and caramel. Remains fruity. A little short, but some of the smoke loiters. The smoke wraps things up nicely and lends balance. Nose: Strawberry laces, bubble gum and meringues are joined by pineapple cubes, jasmine, roasted figs and parma violets. An overpowering flavour of herbal mint toothpaste, which gradually dissipates into strawberry jam, double cream, Turkish delight and a rich chocolate-coffee aroma. Slightly dusty towards the end of the palate with a minty aftertaste. Eating breakfast just after you’ve brushed your teeth. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: 7.8 8.9 Comments: Comments: LONGROW THE MACALLAN PEATED SINGLE MALT QUEST COLLECTION: QUEST Springbank Distillers The Edrington Group Rob Rob 46% 40% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Sweet up front then a slow developing saline edge with a little malt note, salted butter, oat cakes and honey roast peanuts. Big creamy notes and a fresh yeast element to it. All that sweetness rolls in with vanilla custard, almond croissants and then seaside barbeques, woodsmoke and salt. That smoke element holds strong and slowly dries. Like smoking a light cigar by the sea facing the oncoming storm. Toffee caramel bars, then sherbet and very faint liquorice. Wax jackets and warm tweed blankets. Sweetness with sugar coated almonds, honey roast cashew nuts. A Play-Doh edge. Cigarette papers and recently snuffed candles. Green tea with honey, cough syrup and rose Turkish Delight coated in milk chocolate. Cheese scones with salted butter. Damson jam. Long. Hints of raspberry and strawberry compote. A rip-roaring whisky. Campbeltown Speyside ===== ===== Specialist, Travel Palate: Worldwide Retail Palate: Finish: Finish: 8.5 9.5 Comments: Comments: Sam Lyndsey Nose: Nose: A herbal, green nose. Think earthy woodland trails, before gradually the aroma parts to reveal caramel. An oily texture before oak prickles. Caramel and apple comes to the fore, before it develops a real green, earthy peat note. There’s rocket salad towards the end. Fresh, with mint and medium length. Good balance of flavours and one that’ll appeal to those who like their whiskies on the vegetal side. Calpol. In fact, I actually Googled what Calpol smells like because it’s such a distinctive aroma. There’s ripe mango flesh, Love Heart sweets, dried cranberries and Dundee cake too. Pineapple rings with oak-smoked ham, peach yoghurt, heather honey and sultanas. Torched grapefruit peel, wholemeal pancakes and ground cinnamon. A long, dry, nutty finish. Straightforward, with tropical delightfulness. Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: Finish: Comments: 7.6 8.5 123 Scotch Whisky
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